Demands Judicial Enquiry into Custodial Torture, Demolition of Muslim Houses

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has vehemently condemned the highhandedness of the police and administration in Ranchi in Jharkhand, Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh and other places in the country over protests by Muslims against derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and demanded an impartial judicial enquiry into the custodial torture, police excesses and demolition of houses, and punishment to the guilty at the earliest.

In a statement to the media on June 13, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini said, “What the police have done in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand concerning the democratic protests by Muslims on June 10, amounts to throttling democracy and rule of law.”

The JIH President appealed to the Muslim community not to fall into the trap of anti-social elements and those who wish to create division within society while exercising their democratic rights for conducting peaceful protests.

Immediately after the demolition of Javed Mohammad’s house at Prayagraj, the JIH President had tweeted, terming it as ‘something which no civilised society could ever imagine’ and that ‘police itself is blatantly trying to make an end to the rule of law.’

Reiterating his stand, Mr. Husani said, “Pulling down the houses of someone simply because one criticises the policies of the government which he considers against the larger public interest, or shooting someone protesting to express his/her grievance is something unimaginable for any civilized society. This smacks of vendetta politics. We condemn it in the strongest terms and feel that it sends a wrong message to the people of our country, creating more unrest among them and reducing their confidence in the impartiality of the government. If the UP government has any respect for the law, it should compensate the losses and take immediate stringent action against the officials responsible.”

Demanding the independent judicial enquiry into Ranchi firing and punishing the erring officials, Mr. Husaini said, “Had timely and appropriate action been taken against the blasphemy accused, these untoward incidents would not have taken place. And also, if the kind of stone-pelting that took place is as shown in some videos that are circulating on social media, then some kind of conspiracy is also visible in the entire chain of events.”

Mr. Husaini said, “The JIH feels that the action taken against Javed Mohammed, a well-known social and human rights activist in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, smacks of vendetta politics.” He also reminded that Javed and his family denied that any of them had taken part in Friday’s (June 10) protest and that the house demolished was also owned by his wife and not him.

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